I haven't blogged on SparkPeople since January, when I was at home in NM. I really like SparkPeople, but lately I've been logging workouts and tracking food on apps on my phone - it's just more convenient. However, I miss the blogging aspect of SP and definitely want to at least keep this up... especially since what I've done fitness-wise in the last few months has really been great!
Funnily enough, my last post was about running outside and how it's hard. Well, now I can't stop! I, Alyssa, have signed up for a HALF MARATHON at the end of August. I have NEVER considered myself a runner and even 3, 3.5 miles was always at my upper limit.
However - about two months ago some weird passion possessed me and I just got online and decided to do a half-marathon... um, WHAT?! At least 2 hours of running, 13.1 miles, long long time, long long distance, and did I mention that it means I actually have to train and commit to racing IN PUBLIC?
What has happened since then has been incredible positive. I HAVE committed to running this race - running, NOT walking. My boyfriend signed up too (he's very athletic) so now I'm even more committed. I've been running more in the past few months than ever in my life! I have run fairly regularly for a little over two months and couldn't imagine how strong I'd feel, or how fit, or how much I would love the changes it had on my body.
I haven't lost weight. In contrast, I've gained some! However, at my height and weight (5'8.5, 133-138ish pounds) loosing weight was only a real concern in a long-ago past where I was incredibly self-deprecating. Even with a couple more pounds than normal, I look better than ever, because I've actually gained muscle!
I'm not perfect, by any means. I want to get stronger arms. I still have to force myself out the door sometimes - but what matters is that I do get out the door.
Tuesday was a big milestone for me. I went for what I thought would be a 5k, maybe 10k run after work. Once I got going, I felt strong. I hit my stride. In the back of my mind, for weeks now, has been a little nagging voice whining that even though I'm in better shape than ever, I have never gotten into double-digit miles on one run. That makes 13.1 seem like a very daunting number. But two days ago, I decided it was ENOUGH with the excuses and there was only one person who could help me achieve my goal: me! And then something happened that I wasn't sure ever would...
I LOGGED 10.4 MILES! 13.1 isn't looking too bad anymore!!!
I am so proud of myself and while I'm not 'in love' with running like some people are, I love the challenge, the reaching new goals, and finding out what I am capable of. In the last 7 weeks before the half-marathon, I want to push myself and then find new boundaries to push. This is a sport where I am in control of how hard I train and how much I improve. What I put in, I get out.
I'll try to keep tracking my progress and hopefully have new milestones to report every so often